Mechanisms, Materials and Classification in Geomorphological Explanation
Present day geomorphological research is the explanation of landscapes and landforms: what they are, how they function and have developed. This includes a variety of approaches some of which are shown in Figure 1.5.1. Research is a much more complex undertaking than giving names to landforms or even the A-level study of ‘processes’, both in terms of what we mean by ‘process’, and how ‘explanations’ are approached. It is worthwhile examining some reasons for this, as it shows the increasing complexity of the subject and leads to ideas of how geomorphology can be studied.
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